The Taraba Police Command has nabbed two suspected car thieves, Ibrahim Jafar and Shaibu Abdullahi, for allegedly stealing a total of 11 cars between 2012 and 2013.
Mr Jubril Adeniji, the Commissioner of Police who paraded the suspects before journalists in Jalingo on Friday, said the duo’s arrest had reduced the rate of car thefts in the state.
The police official explained that Abdullahi, who was caught while trying to escape with a stolen vehicle, pretended to be seriously ill and escaped from the police custody.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he was later re-arrested at Gombi in Adamawa.
Adeniji said also that Jafar, who recently left prison on March 6 for the same offence, stole another car from Adamawa and brought it to Jalingo for sale before he was caught.
He announced that the command was currently carrying out raids in Jalingo between 12.30 a.m and 3.00 a.m daily to track down criminals operating in the state.
“We are currently carrying out a raid within Jalingo and its environs to track down on criminals operating in the state,” the police commissioner said.
The two cars allegedly recovered from the suspects as well as the master keys were also displayed